Isidore of Seville

Council at Seville

578 AD

Council at Seville with a collection of canons ascribed to Isidore of Seville

Source: MANSI IX, p. 915; see MIGNE, PL 39, col. 2168

Canon 36. A woman may not with naked hand receive the eucharist.

Canon 37. A woman may not take hold of the altar cloth [palla dominica] with her hand.

Comment: Women had to receive communion on a cloth [the dominicale] spread out on their hand.


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